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Hi I'm Chelsea

I'm a BYU student, a future missionary, and an aspiring historian and writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of six kids, and I come from a close family. I have been attending college for three years now, and i love it! I'm a history major with a Native American Studies minor, and I absolutely love other cultures and peoples. My favorite time period is pre-Columbian American history. Someday I hope to write historical fiction novels and research all I can about the peoples and cultures of this period. I have a year left of school, but I am currently serving a mission. I'm super excited to share the Gospel in Spanish! I know that this Gospel can help change lives for the better and I look forward to helping people come to know for themselves.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it's true. I have been raised in a strong LDS family who have been a large influence in my life. However, that is not the only reason that I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I chose to find out for myself if the Gospel was true. I took the challenge in Moroni seriously, and I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true. And it is! I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he truly restored the church as it was in Christ's day. I know that President Monson is our prophet today, and that he leads and guides the church. I am so grateful for the guidance I find in the Church. Life and decisions are always difficult, but with the help of the Holy Ghost I know I'm on the right course.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving my family, the church, and the community. Coming from a semi-large family, I was given many opportunities to serve. I have washed many a dish (and soaked many a counter), changed my younger siblings' diapers, and babysat for just about everyone who knew me. There were days when these little acts of service felt like the biggest sacrifice of all, but looking back these same situations have taught me invaluable lessons I probably wouldn't have learned otherwise. Another way I have served is within the church. Starting very young I held callings that required a handful of us young girls to get together every few weeks to plan the weekly activity held at the church for the girls our age. Since then I have also helped gather the names of people who have passed on for censuses, participated on a few committees, and I served in my branch as a missionary. And now I have the incredible oppertunity to serve as a full time missionary spreading the Gosepl to an amazing people and culture. The service I have done for my community mostly involves history. I have volunteered to transcribe and check some U.S. documents that are being made available to the public through online sources. I have indexed a few records for the old censuses through familysearch.org. I also got a really cool opportunity to assist in the running of a Powwow at school, and volunteered at a museum. I have enjoyed every opportunity to serve those around me.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, we do believe that husbands and wives, together with their children, can continue their family relations in heaven. This is one of the most beautiful things about the Gospel! We believe that the family is a sacred unit, here as well as in heaven. And I know this to be true because I have experienced many losses in my family. I remember the very first time I experienced and understood death--at least to some extent. I was about seven or eight years old. And my great-grandpa, who I just adored, passed away. It was incredilby difficult for me to understand that this big bear of a man would no longer be in my life, and it took me some time to find any peace with it. But I did find peace and hope! I found that peace and hope in a scripture in Alma 40:11-12. It talks about the state of the soul between death and resurrection and it brought me such relief and comfort to imagine him in a better place. This life is full of choices, and I know that when we chose to follow God and his commandments that we will be blessed to live with our families again. There is no greater joy than this--to live with our Father with those we've spent a lifetime with! Show more Show less